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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Policies for Promoting Regional Agricultural Trade
Author:Koester, UlrichISNI
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Subjects:trade policy
agricultural trade
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9192(93)90055-G
Abstract:Regional integration among African countries has received increasing attention in recent years. Policymakers have accepted that trade could contribute in a major way to development and food security. Furthermore, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are in the process of pursuing structural reforms and liberalization policies and an expected outcome is the expansion of agricultural trade. In this context, this paper deals with the political issues of trade liberalization after giving a brief account of the potential of and barriers to intraregional trade in the region covered by these countries. The position of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe supports the view that there is significant potential for trade; barriers to trade are due to the external trading regime, internal policies and external factors, notably food aid. The liberalization of the internal food economy is expectedt to give rise to additional trade flows among the countries. Regional integration schemes may further contribute to trade expansion, however, only if they are used as a step to worldwide integration and if an effective institutional framework is secured. Ref., sum.